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A new wing by architect Robert Ross brings privacy


Outlooks are always a major factor when introducing a new wing to an established home. On the one hand, thought needs to be given to the views from the new rooms – on the other, care is required to ensure the extension looks its best from the main house.

This was central to the design when architect Robert Ross was asked to introduce a modern wing with a first-floor hall, sitting area, master suite, and balcony to a ranch-style house.

"As seen from above, the staggered, spiral shape of the wing was dictated by a need to optimize key outlooks from each room and to ensure the mass of the master bedroom was not on show to the adjacent dining room."

Locating the sitting area at the entry to the bedroom was part of this downplaying of scale.

"The sitting room also acts as a buffer to the bedroom while the adjacent master closet offers an alternative bathroom egress, should one partner not want to disturb the other."


The bathroom merges a spa-like, Eastern tranquility – the green cabinetry is in a bamboo-look laminate – with a nod to craft-built houses.

"An accent on the hand-crafted is seen in the oak door and window frames, the master bedroom furniture, and the use of translucent tiles on the shower bench and the backsplash," says Ross. "The rug also adds to this flavor."

Light, shadow and textures all combine to create a calming balance within the bathroom.

"The gloss of the counter and glass is offset by the use of a matte wall and floor tile. At the same time, the translucence of the glass accent tile provides a soft, lively intermediary between the high gloss and matte of these finishes."

The semi-transparent quality of the tiles is enhanced by the abundance of natural light – made more dramatic by an absence of window treatments. The orientation of the wing means windows face out to mature trees, while intrusive sightlines are obscured by wall planes.

Credit List

ArchitectRobert Ross AIA, Ross Design (Atlanta, GA)
Interior designerStephanie Andrews, Balance Design
VanityWilsonart laminate in Aloe
Vanity countertopQuartz
BasinKohler from Southern Bath & Kitchen
FaucetsStillness by Kohler from Southern Bath & Kitchen
Floor and wall tilesEcoland Dunes matte porcelain tile from Specialty Tile
Bench and backsplashRecycled glass tile in Jade Silk from SpecialtyTile
Wall finishesBenjamin Moore paint
LightingRecessed lights by Halo; sconces by George Kovacs
AccessoriesModern collection from Restoration Hardware
Bedroom shadesRoller shade Flocke Loutre from Shady Ladies of Atlanta
WindowsIntegrity from Marvin

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